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Logona Henna Product Q&A

My name is Jennifer. I am the owner/manager here at Natural Solutions.  People ask me all the time what do I do.  So here is my routine when using Logona Henna Powder Products:

 

If you have been coloring your hair or use styling products regularly, I recommend using the Logona Color Plus first to strip off any debris your hair has.  I then take one box of Logona brown umber (or chestnut brown) and a box of black. I use in a plastic bowel, the entire brown umber/chestnut brown (when I have long hair – half when I have short), and from the black, I use up to half of the quantity I used from the color box above.  I have boiled some tea in a pot in the meantime. I mix the appropriate amount of water from that tea mixture into the powder. I stir it and let it sit for about 30 minutes to let it begin the process.  This is a tip I liked from the Light Mountain brand.  Its best used when hot, so when I’m ready, I add a touch of water to the mixture and reheat it slightly.  I apply it all over like a hair dye (dividing my hair into sections and then at the end whatever is left I squish into the hair where I think I may need more), making sure I don't miss areas.  I have someone check for me.  I put a cap on my head that comes in the kit. Then I put a hot wet towel on my head and sit under a dryer for about 20 minutes.  If you don’t have a sitting hair dryer, then just reheat the wet towel when it cools.  The reason is this: I want to keep my hair wet and hot so it will work better – as if it dries it is not coloring the hair at all at that point.  For me, after I’ve done this for about 30 to 45 minutes, I take my head out of the hot towel and turn off the hair dryer.  I let it cool off naturally.   Now I’m ready to rinse my hair off.  I’ll use the Logona Color Conditioner next, rinsing it off.

 

I wait for the next day to shampoo. This works for me. I don't get red hair (maybe a slight highlight if I’m using the chestnut) and it covers the gray well, but my gray doesn't end up dark brown at all.  Its lighter, like a natural brown with golden highlights. As I wash my hair thru the next weeks, the gray hair seems to get my golden and the brown goes away more. But I don't care as long as I don't see gray or it isn’t as apparent as ‘nature’. It looks natural for me. For those who are more gray, they do this same routine and do it more often. You can do it twice a month if you want. You can take it just to the roots or all over.

 

Now some have asked me about using the Color Creams.  I’ve used them as well.  See below for product questions on the Color Creams.


INFORMATION ON HENNA POWDER AND APPLICATION TECHNIQUES

 

WHERE DOES HENNA COME FROM?

 

Three species of the Lawsonia plant are used as henna: Inermis, Alba and Spinoza; we know these three as red henna, neutral henna and black henna, based on the characteristic color that each plant produces. These ornamental shrubs, six feet in height, are indigenous to Arabia, Persia, India, Egypt and Australia. They are also cultivated throughout North Africa, Pakistan and China. The deepest shades of red henna have traditionally come from Persia; however, premium grades in other shades often come from other countries. A wide range of henna colors is necessary to create natural colors in deep, true shades. The henna plant produces a small, fragrant flower which varies in color from white to red. However, when being used commercially, henna is harvested before the plant blooms. The leaves are gathered, the veins are removed and the remaining material is pulverized into a very fine greenish-colored powder. The main constituents of the henna plant are fats, resin, mannitol, volatile oil, fixed oil, lawsone (a natural pigment) and hennatannic acid (a natural protein).
 

HOW DOES HENNA WORK?

 

Henna coats each hair shaft with a natural, semi-permanent protein called hennatannic acid. Heat causes the hennatannic acid to cling to the proteins found in the hair (or nails and skin, if desired). Because henna coats and seals the hair shaft, it helps protect the hair from damaging effects of sun, salt, chlorine, wind and pollution in the environment. It can help minimize split ends and acts as 'hair insurance' if you spend a lot of time in the sun, surf or wind. In addition to protecting the hair shaft, henna will tighten the hair cuticle and create a more solid surface which reflects light; the result is gleaming, lustrous hair. Rather than producing dramatic color changes, henna enhances and deepens existing color. The darker your natural color, the less drastic the change will be in your natural color. Because the color from henna is transparent or 'see through,' henna cannot lighten dark hair; it will however, add highlights to dark hair and can darken the color of lighter hair. To determine which shade of henna is best for you based on your original color and the desired result, consult our easy-to-use color charts.
 

HOW LONG DOES AN APPLICATION OF HENNA LAST?

 

Most people find that one application lasts from six to 12 weeks, although henna can last up to six months for some people. One advantage of henna over chemical dyes is that it gradually fades with repeated washings; as your hair grows out, there will be no obvious, telltale roots. That is one of my biggest reasons for choosing it. I'm so busy.
 

CAN I USE HENNA TO LIGHTEN MY HAIR?

 

Henna DOES NOT lighten hair. If you don't want to color-treat your hair, you can use Logona Neutral Henna Neutral to condition and enhance your hair's natural highlights without adding color.
 

CAN I USE HENNA BEFORE OR AFTER A PERM?

 

Yes, but you must do a strand test first, since hair which has been chemically treated will NOT react to henna in the same way as non-treated hair. Permed hair may be more porous, and thus absorb more henna than non-permed hair; the chemicals used in the perm may also react with the henna in unexpected ways. In addition, henna may loosen the curl of your perm, or the perm may remove some of the color of the henna. (If the later happens, the henna can be reapplied after a few washings.) Therefore, to be on the safe side, give your perm a few days to "set" before applying a henna treatment to your hair.
 

CAN I USE HENNA OVER A CHEMICAL TINT?

 

In most cases, this is no problem. Make sure to do a strand test before using the henna, to prevent an unforeseen or undesirable reaction occurring.
 

I CURRENTLY USE A CHEMICAL COLOR TREATMENT. CAN I SWITCH TO HENNA RIGHT AWAY?

 

Yes! There are many reasons to avoid using the harsh chemicals found in many chemical color treatments. Logona is a natural alternatives to harsh commercial dyes. The sooner you use it, the sooner you'll notice the natural difference! However, we suggest waiting at least 4 to 6 weeks after you color treat your hair.
 

MY HAIR IS DRY; WILL HENNA WORK ON MY HAIR?

 

Yes. Not all henna's are alike, so Logona not only colors hair, its conditioning properties help bring body, life and vibrancy back to dry or damaged hair. Henna permeates the hair shaft to strengthen and enrich your hair, giving hair a distinctive, natural radiance not found with chemical-based hair colors.
 

HOW CAN I BE SURE HENNA WILL GIVE ME THE COLOR I WANT?

 

We always recommend that you do a strand test before using henna. Although Logona Colors are gentle, natural products, they respond differently to different hair types. The good news is that most people have no trouble using it to color and condition their hair. But a strand test will tell you for sure.
 

DOES HENNA WORK ON GRAY HAIR?

 

In the past, this question has been difficult to answer, due to the different protein structure in gray hair. Often it requires a two step process. As with anything, make sure you do a strand test before applying the color to your hair.

If you have over 10% grey, the strand test is a must. The following formulas work best:

Brown Umber + brewed coffee + apple cider vinegar.

Chestnut Brown + brewed coffee + apple cider vinegar.

Natural Brown +
Ceylon or Black China Tea + apple cider vinegar.

Of course, you can add up to a half box of black along with your mixture. Anymore would possibly cause a greenish tint to show up. See our recipes on our tip page for more advise.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY HAIR?

It can be applied on wet or dry hair, but it is important that the hair be clean.  If you wish to shampoo, first, towel hair dry.  Apply a plant cream or oil around the hairline (some may use traditional vaseline if they do not want it natural), ears, and neck to avoid staining your skin.

HOW DO YOU APPLY IT?

Wear plastic or rubber gloves (which come in kit) to avoid staining your hands.  1) Section hair.  Sections should be about 1" thick.  2)  Begin at the scalp and paint on the henna with a brush from roots to the ends.  3) Continue until all the hair is thickly coated with the Henna mixture.  4)  Place a cotton or tissue band around the hairline.  Cover the hair with a plastic bag (one comes with the kit) or plastic wrap.

HOW LONG DO WE LEAVE IT ON?

For best results, use a dryer, heat lamp, or Thermo Heat Cap. Leave on as follows:

  • Black, Red, Mahogany, Walnut Red, Brown Umber, Chestnut Brown and Flame Red - with heat 45 minutes; without heat 60-75 minutes.
  • Golden Blonde, Sahara, Natural Brown and Neutral - with heat 30 minutes; without heat 45-60 minutes.

When timing is completed, rinse thoroughly with hot water, then rinse with cool water.  Follow with Logona Henna Shampoo.  Rinse thoroughly and style.

DOES HENNA COME IN MORE SHADES THAN RED?

Yes. There are three major henna plants, as well as different plant parts, each yielding a different color. Although red is the most well known shade of henna, there is also a neutral and a black henna. Blending these three shades of henna in the right proportions creates a wide range of color variations, allowing us to offer an extensive line of natural henna colors; vivid red, rich auburn, chestnut, mahogany, gradations of brown and deep black.

HOW MUCH DOES HENNA COST COMPARED TO CHEMICALLY BASED HAIR COLOR PRODUCTS?

Henna is the most economical way to color your hair. Per treatment, henna is substantially less expensive than any of the chemical treatments; henna applications also tend to last longer, so you need to purchase a new kit less often. Most people find that using henna will reduce their annual hair coloring costs by as much as two-thirds.

DOES THE LOGONA KIT CONTAIN EVERYTHING NEEDED TO COLOR MY HAIR?

Just about! They provide you with henna, step-by-step instructions, gloves to mix the henna and a 'henna hat' to wear during the heat treatment process. You will need to supply a few common items: water, a wooden spoon, a mixing bowl (not metal), natural 'unpetroeum" jelly and a hair dryer or other heat source.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A SAMPLE OF MY HAIR?

I'd suggest visiting your salon for a fresh trim. Collect them from her and use them for your test strand. Logona offers a few colors in sample form. If you use them, follow the instructions on the label. If one is not available in the color or brand you require, take 2 tbls from the package, add some water to make it into a mud, then let the hair soak in it for up to an hour. Rinse and see what you have.

HOW MUCH POWDER AND LIQUID DO I USE WITH HENNA?

You'll want to follow the directions as it states, but the end result should not be to thick and lumpy, but not to runny either. It should be a smooth creamy yet gritty feel. As it dries, it will get harder to work with, so apply it as hot as you can and work it in fast, but precise to get all the coverage.

WHY DID I NOT SEE A COLOR CHANGE?

You need to choose a color that is darker than your own. You may also have not left it on long enough. Make sure to do the strand test prior to covering your hair. 

IS IT SAFE FOR WOMEN EXPECTING?

This is not a dye, but we do not want to put ourselves in the position of a physician. So please check with your medical doctor first.

WHY DO I HAVE A GREEN CAST ON MY HAIR?

A green cast usually means that there has been an interaction with chemicals or metals. It could also mean that you used the Logona Black alone. We instruct that it is to be used in combination with another color because it can do that. You will need to apply another henna over it to subdue it.

MY HAIR TURNED OUT TO RED, BRASSY OR DARK. WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP THAT?

If you had applied heat, it can cause the red tones to appear. Avoid doing this the next time. If you did the strand test as we suggested, you should not be a flaming redhead right now! You can also add a black tea bag or coffee to the water to darken it or hinder the brassy tones. Remember not to brew your tea or coffee in a metal pan. Some suggest avoiding instant coffee as well, or making the coffee the night before. When it comes to brown or mahogany shades, try using 3 tbs of lemon or vinager in the water to bring out the golden tones or copper highlights. To darken the look, just reapply the color again. Remember, if your using "Color the Gray," you'll add these things in the 2nd step.

IS HENNA ONLY FOR REDHEADS?

The answer here is definitely no. Henna can be used by people of virtually any hair color, although it does not lighten dark hair. By choosing the right shade of henna, you can provide natural highlights, deepen an existing shade, change your hair shade or just provide the natural conditioning action of a henna treatment. Even those with gray hair can enjoy the coloring and conditioning benefits of henna.

DO I NEED TO HAVE HENNA APPLIED BY A SALON PROFESSIONAL, OR CAN I DO IT MYSELF?

 

Henna can be applied at home or by a beauty care professional. The comprehensive, start-to-finish instructions and complete application kits make it easy for anyone to apply henna safely and effectively at home, with professional-quality results. However, if you prefer to have your henna applied by a professional, give them a call and bring it with you on your next appointment.

SPECIAL RECIPES AND HINTS

Coffee - To help tone down red tones, deepen brown-red tones, or cover grey, substitute coffee for water.  Use brewed, black coffee (not instant or decaffeinated).  After coffee is brewed, bring to a boil.  Mix as directed.

Teas - Ceylon or Black China Tea will add gold highlights to Natural Brown Henna.  Red Zinger Tea enriches red tones in Mahogany, Walnut Brown, and Henna Red.  Chamomile Tea brightens and adds highlights to Neutral, Golden Blonde or Sahara Henna.  Let tea steep for 20 - 30 minutes.  Bring to a boil.  Substitute tea for water.  Mix as directed.

Apple Cider Vinegar - To help color hold on grey hair, add 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to henna mixture.

Lemon Juice - To lighten blonde shades, add 2 tbsp lemon juice to henna mixture.

To Deepen Red Shades - Mix a darker shade into the color mixture.  You can mix many color combinations.

Dry Hair - Add 1 egg, 2 - 4 tbsp olive oil, or 2 - 4 tbsp plain yogurt to henna mixture.  These natural ingredients not only condition, but help with the application and rinsing processes.

COLORS TO CHOOSE: Golden Blonde, Sahara, Henna Red, Flame Red, Mahogony, Walnut Red/Brown, Chestnut Brown, Natural Brown, Brown Umber, Henna Black, Henna Natural.

Many users achieve unique and beautiful color results by mixing two or three hair colors together. Especially in the red and brown color ranges all imaginable nuances are possible. Mixtures of golden blonde and sahara produce many variations in the golden to reddish range.

Also common among many users is to mix a small amount of Henna Black into a base of Mahogany, Chestnut Brown, or Walnut Brown to darken the color result.

CONTAINS: Algin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Jojoba, Essential Oils, [+/-Henna, Cassia, Buckthorn Bark, Walnut Shell Powder, Indigo Leaf, Hibiscus, Rhhubarb Root, Rhatany Root, Coffee, Curcuma Root, Beet Root] Henna Red Also Contains: Lawsonia Inermis, Algin, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba), Essential Oils, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

Completely free of synthetic colorants, fragrances and preservatives, and other chemical substances.  Independent laboratories test each batch of hair color for residues of agricultural chemicals and heavy metal concentrations to make sure they are clean. It is also important to add that not all of these ingredients are in each color, as some are used for the lighter shades and some are for the darker






























INFORMATION ON HENNA COLOR CREAM PRODUCTS

HOW TO YOU USE THE COLOR CREAM PRODUCTS?

I would follow the suggestions from Logona on using them.  First, it is important to use the Color Plus - the pre formulation to prepare your hair.  It helps to clear away the left overs of past colors whether synthetic or not.  It is a clay mixture.  You use about half a tube on shoulder length hair.  Keep it on the hair, combing it thru from root to ends for 10 to 30 minutes.  Then rinse out well.

Next, for shoulder length hair, use between a tube to a tube and a half (box will say two).  Massage thru hair doing sections at a time, covering from roots to ends.  Put the cap on and go relax for a half an hour to two hours.  I'd suggest at least an hour.  Rinse well.

Follow with the Color Conditioner for prolonging the results.  Apply enough to cover all the hair from roots to ends and let sit for at least 10 minutes or more.  Rinse will with water.

Color results are not always better than powders, but colors are slim compared to powders.  It is estimated that the application should stay between 4 to 8 weeks, with periodic root applications as needed. 

MY HAIR IS MOSTLY GRAY.  IF I USE THE TIZIAN COLOR, WHAT WILL THE GRAY TURN OUT TO LOOK LIKE?

Gray hair is harder to cover.  Red tones seem to cover best.  Tizian has a base of red that I tend to feel is more coppery.  I've had remarks that it can turn the gray more yellow gold.  I think it has to do with processing time.  I'd suggest doing a swatch test and leave it on for quite a while to see what will happen.  Don't buy a large amount of the color until you know you'll like it.  You may need to apply it in two steps so you have a base coat of henna on first.  Some have tried to rid the reddish tone with using a powder shade over it after the cream process is finished.  Always try samples first.

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE COLOR CREAMS?

People ask me this all the time.  I thought it was so easy.  I used the instructions from the box.  It was so relaxing however that I watched TV and laid down on my bed pillow while I was processing it.  Since the product is not a petrochemical dye and has no peroxide to lift my own color and deposit the henna into the hair shaft, I wondered what the result would be. I had vibrant color (I used Tizian which is a brown-red on my gray/dk brown hair).  The gray turned out to be highlighted with the Tizian but my own Dk Brown hair was not darker.  It did give the dk brown hair a highlight of the red tones however.  When my hair was in the sunlight, my hair would shine and the highlights would show very well.  I left it on a total of 1 hour from start to finish.  I waited until the next day to use a shampoo.  I have tried the yellow base creams since, and I find that my gray has a yellow tone to them.  It doesn't show as well as the red toned shades.  My preference however is the powders since the effect lasts longer on my hair.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS REGARDING THE LOGONA HENNA COLOR PRODUCTS

IS THIS A HAIR DYE?

No it is not.  There is no chemical dye in the product, plus there is no chemical fixatives to lift and deposit the hair color. 

WOULD YOU CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT A PERMANENT HAIR COLOUR?

I would consider it more of a semi-permanent, although again, it is not a dye.  Red tones do tend to attach to the hair shaft well and the effects can last a month or more for many.

ARE THERE ANY CHEMICALS IN THIS HAIR COLOUR?

No there is not.  It is made from the natural henna plant and other herbs and plants.

I AM SENSITIVE TO CAFFEINE. WILL I BE SENSITIVE TO THIS PRODUCT SINCE IT IS IN THE PRODUCT?

Logona uses Coffee in this product. Each color has a different amount.  I believe the darker shades would have more than the lighter shades.  Some have noted heart palpitations as though they have drank coffee or a caffeinated beverage.  Logona has not given us any warnings about this occurring, but since we have many customers using it and have been able gather feedback for a long time, we feel it may be something you should consider before purchasing the product.  Light Mountain Henna does not have coffee in their product and it may be more suitable for you.